metallic materials and processes
Our competence center plays an essential role in the development and qualification of materials and processes that contribute to the technical and economic competitiveness of metallic solutions in the structures and systems of aircraft, satellites, launchers, and turbine engines. In the framework of our research, we target specific applications that mainly deal with critical mechanical systems and structures, whose reliability has to be guaranteed in all circumstances.
Our experts aim at bringing together, in the same team, scientific and technological skills that are both multidisciplinary and complementary. The mix enables us to transfer the results of research projects more rapidly to the industry. The range of competencies includes experts in physical metallurgy, process simulations, thermomechanical modeling, special processes, and physicochemical characterizations.
Through our strategy, we focus on eco-design, sobriety, and sustainability of metallic materials, structures, and systems. Development of tailor-made materials with specific properties (like architecture or functionally graded materials) supports our strategy, as well as material savings, streamlined structures, increased use of recycled materials, or deployment of repair solutions for high added value components.
Special processes parameters development (additive manufacturing, forging, hot isostatic compaction, thermal treatments): process windows and thermomechanical cycles definition for Aluminium, Titanium, Steels, and Nickel based alloys
Repair solutions for functional components and tools
In-situ process monitoring systems development
Design to manufacturing rules linked to additive and forging processes
Design, manufacturing, and characterization of architectured materials (lattices structures)
Design, manufacturing, and characterization of functionally graded materials
1:1 or reduced scale demonstrators, proofs of concept
Physical metallurgy expertise: multiscale microstructures analysis, phases transformations studies
Mechanics of materials expertise: materials behavior laws, fatigue and crack propagation resistance studies, fracture mode(s) determination
Support in the definition of manufacturing defects acceptability criteria
Multiscale mechanical characterization of materials and structures
Thermomechanical models of materials and structures (full 3D and reduced models)
Instrumented test benches for thermomechanical loading
Databases of materials and structures properties integrating manufacturing and post-treatment parameters
Machine learning for image analysis and post-treatment of manufacturing data
Training, themed workshops
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